Big enough to be overwhelming, still intimate enough to feel the pulse of time, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park exposes you to some of the steepest cliffs, oldest rock and craggiest spires in North America. This western Colorado landmark was sculpted by the Gunnison River and the forces of weather over 2 million years. Photo of a snowy and fog-filled canyon by National Park Service.
Morning frost clings to tall grasses at Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge in North Dakota. Half water and half rolling hills, Chase Lake plays an important role in the conservation of the American white pelican, hosting a large breeding population in the summer. Those big white birds won’t be back for a few months, but there’s still lots to see and do at the refuge. Sunrises are a great way to start the day. Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
So much cute in one photo – three little black-footed ferrets playing! One of the most endangered mammals in North America, black-footed ferrets once numbered in the tens of thousands, but by the 20th century, they were believed to be extinct twice. In 1981, a small population of the species was rediscovered in Meeteetse, Wyoming. Scientists captured some of these ferrets, and they became the foundation for a successful captive breeding and reintroduction program that continues today at the National Black-footed Ferret Conservation Center in Colorado. Photo by Becky Hutchens, U.S Fish and Wildlife Service.
It’s International Mountain Day! Not only are mountains majestic, they’re also critical to the water cycle, food production and tourism. If you asked someone to draw a mountain, they’d probably sketch something like the rugged beauty of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. With its snow-capped peaks catching the sunrise light above the Snake River, it’s one of the most stunning sights in America. Photo by Adam Jewell (www.sharetheexperience.org).
What do special areas look like? Pure, pristine nature and resplendent in all their historic glory. They’re places like John Day Wild and Scenic River – the longest undammed river in Oregon. The river flows through colorful canyons, broad valleys and breathtaking terrain. The river offers exceptional steelhead and warm-water bass fishing, calm water boating punctuated with a few rapids and a chance to learn about the history of the area. Camping, picnicking, sightseeing, photography, swimming and wildlife viewing are also popular, and in the winter, you can snowmobile and ski in the area. Photo by Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands).
This red fox at Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey is enjoying a lazy Sunday morning. We can learn so much from nature. Photo by Don Freiday, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.